Creating human forms based on classical statues is a new element of my practice, and they are my focus for 2016. The first piece in this series is from 2013 and was inspired by the sculpture of Venus de Milo and is covered in a skin made from images of Botticelli's Birth of Venus (sroll all the way down to view photos). My newest exploration of venuses is called Full Fathom Five. With these works, I imagine the decay or "sea change" described by Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest:
Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
In these portraits, time on the ocean floor has replaced their eyes with pearls and thread and they are everywhere encrusted with beads.